Florida U.S. Senator Trey Radel says he's seeking help for his addictions. He apologized to his family and constituents Wednesday night.
Prosecutors say the lawmaker routinely bought and used cocaine. Radel says he wants to continue serving his country.
"I do believe in faith, forgiveness and redemption," Radel said.
He's taking a leave of absence from Congress to get treatment for alcohol and substance abuse.
"I hope to come out of this a stronger and better man for all of you."
Radel was sentenced to a year of probation, but the congressman also has to answer to his constituents. His hometown newspaper is calling for his resignation saying he purposefully kept his addictions hidden.
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